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Space in the BristolCon Art Room – Be Quick!

July 27th, 2015 · No Comments

We have very limited spaces (about three) left in the BristolCon art room this year, but if you want to be considered for one you need to contact artists@bristolcon.org as soon as possible for details of how to sign up!

Our art room has always been one of the highlights of the convention, and previous artist guests of honour have included Jim Burns, Anne Sudworth, and, this year, Chris Moore making his first regional con appearance. If you want your art to be shown alongside the likes of these get in touch as soon as possible.

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BristolCon Fringe Horror Special – 20th July 2015 – with Ken Shinn and Nick Walters

July 13th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Come for an evening of BLOOD-CURDLING TERROR at this months BristolCon Fringe, where local authors Kenneth Peter Shinn and Nick Walters will be reading their TALES OF BLOOD AND GORE – mwuhahahaha! This 50’s drive-in style double bill is a not-to-be-missed event! Featuring BLOOD! TERROR! HIDEOUS DEATH! PUDDING! MILD PERIL! TECHNICAL GLITCHES! BEER! QUESTIONS FROM JUSTIN! Miss it – miss out!

If you’d like to come along the event starts at 7.30 at the back room of the Shakespeare Tavern on Prince Street, central Bristol. Fringe Events are always free and everyone is welcome – just turn up and say hi!

You can join the BristolCon Fringe Facebook group here :

https://www.facebook.com/bristolconfringe

Fringe events are heaps of fun, even the scary ones!

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Some Dates For Your Diary – Huw Powell and Joe Abercombie Signing in Bristol

July 3rd, 2015 · Comments Off on Some Dates For Your Diary – Huw Powell and Joe Abercombie Signing in Bristol

If you’re in Bristol you might want to add these two signings to your already-packed dairy.

Saturday July 4th 2015 (tomorrow!) BristolCon regular Huw Powell will be launching The Lost Sword, the second in his wildly popular “Spacejackers” series of books which are equally awesome for kids and Big Kids. He will be at Waterstones Cribbs Causeway between 2-4pm, and he has promised balloons and cake.

There probably won’t be that many balloons evident as Lord Grimdark himself, former BristolCon guest of honour Joe Abercrombie, signs copies of Half A War at Forbidden Planet on the Triangle, Clifton on Friday July 17th between 6-7pm. There might be some severed heads we could use as balloons, though…

 

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Flash Fiction at the BristolCon Fringe – 22/6/2016 – 7pm

June 8th, 2015 · Comments Off on Flash Fiction at the BristolCon Fringe – 22/6/2016 – 7pm

Are you in the Bristol area? Fancy taking part in a flash fiction workshop with our very own flashmiester Kevlin Henney? And / Or taking part in a flash reading open mic session?

As part of the celebrations for National Flash Fiction Day, Kevlin Henney (North By Southwest)  will be taking charge of the Fringe on Monday June 22nd at the Shakespeare Taven on Prince Street. Starting at SEVEN he will be running a FREE hour-long workshop teaching you how to write and polish flash fiction. This will be followed by an hour or so of open mic flash fiction readings for anyone who wants to join in (and pudding – there’s always time for pudding).

You don’t have to attend the workshop to read your flash fiction, and if you do attend the workshop but don’t want to read your story out, that’s fine too – we’re very free and easy like that.

So if you’ve always wanted to master the art of writing short-shorts, or if you just want to hear some local writers doing short readings, or even have a go yourself, this is a really good opportunity in a friendly environment – all welcome!

No need to book, just turn up at seven for the flash workshop or eight for the Open Mic, and we’ll fit in as many readings as we can.

If you haven’t been to a Fringe event and you’re wondering what you might be letting yourself in for, it’s all very friendly and informal, and a great way to get through those first-reading nerves! We welcome published authors and people who are yet to be published on an equal basis.

You can sign up on the BristolCon Fringe Facebook page or just come along – it would be really nice to see lots of you there!

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Sarah Ash Returns to the BristolCon Art Room

June 4th, 2015 · Comments Off on Sarah Ash Returns to the BristolCon Art Room

Following the popularity of her talk on Mythology in Anime at BristolCon last year, Sarah Ash (The Flood Dragon’s Sacrifice) will be coming back to give a talk on Living Dolls. Here’s what she has to say about it.

 

Persocoms, Giftias and Hybrid Children – manga and anime’s love affair with artificially created humans
From Tezuka’s Astroboy through to the Giftias in new anime series Plastic Memories, Japanese creative artists have loved to wrestle with the practical and ethical problems posed by creating artificial humans. In fact, even though the latest lifelike robots are much hyped in the press and on social media, anime and manga are way ahead! Learn more about some of the unusual ways mangaka and anime creators have explored this fascinating and disturbing topic.

The talk will take place in the Art Room some time in the afternoon – don’t miss it as Sarah is a fascinating speaker!

 

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Gremlins in the Panel Form!

May 27th, 2015 · Comments Off on Gremlins in the Panel Form!

Hello all,

Technical gremlins have chomped their way through our prototype panel form, so there will be a short interlude while we flush them out with flamethrowers, Fifth Element style. When we’ve driven them out we will be emailing the people who volunteered to be on panels, but there may be a slight delay. Sorry about that.

In the meantime, it does mean that if you want to be on a panel and you haven’t yet bought a membership, the deadline has been extended for a few days, so get in there! You can find more information about volunteering for panels here. We do only select panelists from our paid-up membership, so if you were dithering and thought you’d missed the boat, you haven’t, as the boat has run aground and you can still jump on board.*

Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible. Sorry for the hiccup!

 

 

 

 

 

*The Chair is inclined to stretch an extended metaphor to breaking point and beyond…

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Would You Like To Be A Panelist At BristolCon?

May 17th, 2015 · 1 Comment

It’s that time of year when we start assigning people to panels at Bristolcon. We currently have a longlist of around 25 panels, which we will narrow down to the most popular 12-14 which we will run on the day. If you’d like to get involved in the programming, here’s the low-down.

All our panelists are taken from our membership – either paid-up members or previous guests of honour. You won’t be considered for panels if you’re not a paid-up member unless your name starts with Neil and ends with Gaiman, and possibly not even then… And as we’re starting to assign panels within the next few weeks, if you haven’t bought a membership already and want to be considered for a panel you need to do so forthwith, if not sooner.

Unfortunately, it’s possible that not every who volunteers to appear on a panel will get a spot. While we try to assign the panel spots as widely and fairly as possible, we always have more panelists than there are places available, and some people will inevitably be disappointed. Please don’t let that discourage you from volunteering – there are plenty of other things going on, not just panels, and you might be able to get involved with them instead.

We’re keen to see a broad range of people on panels – writers, of course, but also artists, editors, publishers, podcasters, critics, bloggers, short film makers, fans… If you have an opinion, or seven, we’d like to hear from you!

If you want to be considered for panels please let us know and we’ll be in touch!

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Inconceivable! The Princess Bride Comes To Bristol For One Night Only!

May 15th, 2015 · 2 Comments

There are two kinds of people in the world, a wise man once said. People who love The Princess Bride, and people who haven’t seen it yet.

Maybe you have yet to succumb to the charms of the Bride, or maybe you’ve got an overdeveloped sense of vengeance that’s going to get you into trouble some day. Either way, Bristol Sunset Cinema is offering you the chance to kick back with a nice MLT (that’s mutton, lettuce and tomato) and watch The Princess Bride in the idyllic grounds of Blaise Castle (which we will have fun storming afterwards) on Saturday August 29th at 8.30pm.

Tickets cost £10 for adults, £5 for children under ten and are available from this link.

“Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…” What are you waiting for? Book now because it’s going to be very popular!

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BristolCon Fringe – May 18th -With Sophie E Tallis and Ben Galley

May 9th, 2015 · Comments Off on BristolCon Fringe – May 18th -With Sophie E Tallis and Ben Galley

t’s nearly Fringe Time again, and on May 18th the BristolCon Fringe will be hosting Kristell Ink author Sophie E Tallis (White Mountain), and self-publishing whizz and Emaneska series author Ben Galley. It’s going to be a good one, so don’t miss it!

If you’d like to come along the event starts at 7.30 at the back room of the Shakespeare Tavern on Prince Street, central Bristol. It’s a free event and everyone is welcome – just turn up and say hi, grab a pint and a pudding and listen to some excellent fantasy readings.

You can join the BristolCon Fringe Facebook group here :

https://www.facebook.com/bristolconfringe

Fringe events are heaps of fun, and open to all, so feel free to come along!

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Open Mic at the BristolCon Fringe – April 20th 2015

April 15th, 2015 · Comments Off on Open Mic at the BristolCon Fringe – April 20th 2015

Are you in the Bristol area? Fancy doing a five-minute reading before a friendly audience?

The BristolCon Fringe are putting on an Open Mic session on Monday April 20th at 7.30pm in the Shakespeare Tavern on Prince Street, Bristol. Readings will be five minutes long and you can read anything you like, flash, WIPs, extracts from short stories, poetry, whatever! No need to sign up in advance, just turn up with something to read and we’ll fit in as many of you as we can.

If you haven’t been to a Fringe event and you’re wondering what you might be letting yourself in for, it’s all very friendly and informal, and a great way to get through those first-reading nerves! We welcome published authors and people who are yet to be published on an equal basis.

You can sign up on the BristolCon Fringe Facebook page or just come along – it would be really nice to see lots of you there!

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